Thursday, February 15, 2007

From the Heart.


As a continuation to the Valentine's theme, I wanted to share with you an item that I purchased several years ago. It is a silver satin fabric, heart shaped box, made completely by hand many decades ago. On lifting the lid, I found a hand embroidered message lovingly stitched inside with pale blue silk.

It reads: To dear Margo
Many happy returns of the day
Love -
Odette & Baby
I wonder what Odette had placed inside for the lucky Margo to enjoy.

It rests on my dressing table now, where I store a 1920's wedding camisole and wax flower garland.
**Sigh** I do so love treasures from the past....

32 comments:

  1. Wouldnt it be great if all these old things could speak and tell us their stories.
    You have so many lovely and interesting things.
    Penny.

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  2. More lovely things Niki! Isn't it a treat when you find something with obvious history. It always makes me want to find out more! Sue x

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  3. Beautiful treasure! Sometimes I do enjoy the mystery that surrounds with these treasures, so I can fantasize a story to go along.

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  4. Niki,
    What a nice thing to have. Love all that old stuff thats got some history and had a life.
    Just ordered a new book,"DEOCORATING WITH ROSES" thought of you when I ordered it.
    NANCY JO

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  5. What a beautiful, sweet keepsake. I am mad about treasures from the past and this is truly a treasure to savour. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  6. Hi Niki, what a beautiful box and wonderful embroidery - this must have been a very special gift for them to spend the time and care on the embroidered message. Clare x

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  7. That's a real heart box to be treasured forever! Oh, I would as well be interested in that patchwork blanket where it was laying on when you took the photo!

    And a wax flower garland???? Oh, please, could you show it to us in the near future?

    By the way, I got a third Valentine's surprise parcel yesterday, and it contained... a lovley heart garland!!!! I will be on my blog soon, I did not yet take photos.

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  8. Consider me in love with your box (and the contents) too! Thanks for brightening my day!!

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  9. Absolutely lovely Niki, I just love things with a past and the fact that someone had taken so much trouble to create something for someone they cared about...

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  10. Lovely! The embroidery is charming.......
    I, too, love things with a history. I cannot imagine not including vintage treasures in my home, and I certainly enjoy seeing yours too! :)

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  11. Oh could I please, please just find something as wonderful as that!

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  12. What a dear sweet story!
    Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
    How wonderful that you adore it as someone else once did.
    What a treasure!

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  13. A sweet message from the past. These things give us visual pleasure and food for thought.
    I found a photo of my Dad from the 40's, my mother had taken it to the maternity home with her when I was born and had journalled her stay on the back of it.
    I can't tell you how moving a find that was.
    Hugs
    xx

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  14. A beautiful treasure of many wonderful treasures that you have. I look forward to all the treasures that you share with us. Thanks Niki.........

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  15. What a beautiful box! And now it is treasured again by you, that's so nice.
    The Decorated House

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  16. Hi Niki, i am trying to find a house with a small commercial element, so i can trade in a low key way. I want to hold lots of charitable fund raising events, coffee mornings with raffles, and selling my cushions and bags etc....It's all i have ever known really, i have had a shop for 23 years selling antiques and architectural stuff! so now i want to raise funds and awareness for a charity that will buy musical and audio equiptment for children less able, to have at home in their own bedrooms, so when i am up and running i will let you know, i am hoping Suffolk will work out.......x

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  17. That's really beautiful. How facinating too. I love finding messages like that and wondering about the people that wrote them or received them. I'm sure they would never imagine that the box would still be so treasured now in 2007!

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  18. What a beautiful thing, and it is fun to know the story behind. It gives it a more value i think. Treasures with a history.
    Have a nice weekend, Aina :)

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  19. How lovely, oh the stories those things could tell. I wonder who Odette and Margo were, sisters prehaps, cousins or maybe best friends.

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  20. Oh how sweet! Things like these make me long for "olden day's", where a lady would sit by the fire and ever so patiently embroider messages as such!

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  21. Thank you for the beautiful romantical pictures. All wonderful things. I love them all.

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  22. My you are so gifted in finding such unusual and wonderful treasures. The heart is amazing, and wouldn't it be exciting if it could tell you its history. Your use of it is lovely.

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  23. Ilove the beautifil treasures you find...wonderful! Have a nice weekend:)

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  24. I love things from the past too!! You have a sweet treasure in this one :)

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  25. Niki, thanks for your coments in my blog . You can read in English always, just go to BaBelFish down my pic and translate, it´s very easy.

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  26. treasures from the past are always the best... debbie

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  27. I'm mellllllllting!!!

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  28. Oh wow!!! That is a lovely treasure...always fascinated with the story behind these great finds...

    Chamara

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  29. Some things are just so lovely they become timeless and can't help but live forever.

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  30. what a gorgeous site, just stumbled upon you, and am in total awe. I love the lampshade you made and am inspired to try and make one for my daughters lamp, currently covered in some old tatty paperish monstrosity! I will post the results on my site when accomplished!

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  31. Lovely keepsake! It has found a good home with you! cherry

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Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx